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So how do we go on track and walk the journey of ou
r “spiritual DNA”, which will take us
back to that uncreated Immensity which we have aban
doned when we chose to enter this physical
existence? In his book “Futuh AlGhaib – The Revela
tion in the Unseen” by GhausAlAzam Sheikh
Muhiuddin Abdul Qadir Gilani
he speaks of a roadmap that is essentially instruc
ted by ourspiritual DNA. He speaks of three stages,
Fana, Baqa and Liqa Fana
is the total subjugation, or rather the prayerful
surrender of our whole being to Allah.
In the language of the Quran,Fana
is referred to as Istiqama. If we could thrive in this, especially
when we are blessed with trials and tribulations, then we could experience the state of Baqa.
Baqa is when we operate with restraint: not sabotaging
ourselves, violating the rights of  others and disturbing a balance that Allah has crea
ted in all social forms with uncreated Love.
Instead the intoxication of Baqa is about operating from a space of Allah conscious
ness, no fear nor sorrow and ultimately from a place of selfrealisat
ion and alignment with our Divine Source. This
can only but lead to the benefit of the people arou
nd you, humanity and to the rest of creation. In
this way the Quran is extremely astute on the disco
urses of sociopolitical rights (class, race, gender etc) and even ecological issues, beyond a legal or
constitutional framework.
Liqa is the final part of this journey, where belief, a
uthenticity and devotion then become
irrelevant. Instead the experience of engaging with
Allah becomes tangible. In such a condition, the
experiences of our inner wounded child, societal di
stortions and judgement becomes totally
immaterial to our existence. This all becomes a dis
traction from the one true secret of all of creation
and uncreation: just pure unadulterated Divine Love
.
So how and where do we get this spiritual map? I be
lieve that the answer lies in Sura Baqara
V238, where Allah affectionately reminds us: ”Guard
the prayers, especially the middle prayer…”. In
his book, “The Secrets of Secrets”, Sheikh
Muhiuddin Abd AlQadir AlJilani
tells us that the actual salat
that we daily offer to Allah is the worship of the
material self. There are many movements and
actions involving different parts of our body with
the recitation of Divine Revelation involving our
senses. Hence the word ‘prayers’ in that Surah is i
n the plural, as prayer is the engagement of
different parts of our physical existence. But the
middle prayer is about prayer of the heart which is
ultimately where the true mosque is built. The cong
regation is our inner faculties, remembering and
meditating on the Names and the Unity of Allah. The
leader of this prayer is our irresistible wish to
align ourselves to our natural course. And finally
the Qiblah of this prayer is towards the oneness
of Allah.Rumi’schallenge to all of us then is his adage: ”Are you
just going to admire the jug or are
you actually going to drink the water?”
Here is a final argument to consider,
Salih of Qazwin
once said: ”Knock and the door will
open.” Rabi’a AlBasri
responded by saying that the door was never closed
in the first place. Rumi
beautifully closes this triangular engagement about
the lover and the Beloved when he exclaimed: ”I
knocked and the door opened, but I found that I had
been knocking from the inside.”
With respect, the title of the book: ”
Comingout and Tawheed or the unconditional love of
Diversity”,
is effectively irrelevant. So is the discrimination
of any form of rank that we engage with
almost all the time on a daily basis, sexuality and
sexual preferences included. What are ultimately
relevant are our engagement with our faith and an a
lignment with our spiritual home. No passport,
no visa, or boarding pass or luggage needed: just o
ur true naked beings!!! By virtue of our creation,
we are already reserved on that journey. All we hav
e to do is to show, feel and act out intent

LOUIS-GEORGE TIN – France

Most religions want a world of love, peace and sere
nity. Yet everywhere there are men who,
under the guise of religion, spread hatred, violenc
e and tumult. Most religions invite for dialogue,
harmony and justice. And yet men, everywhere, in th
e name of God, impose ban, exclusion and
brutality. Most religions invites to meditation, sh
aring and openness. Yet everywhere there are
“religious” who preach in favor of invective, of se
lfishness and rejection.
These men do not speak of God: they speak of a fict
ional character, full of energy, rage and
malice, a kind of superhuman psychopath, they have
created in their image. A character who looks
more like what they would like to be more than what
could be the divinity itself.
It is found in Islam, as elsewhere. People who know
better than Allah what Allah thinks.
People who in the name of respect for their God, in
sult the men at any time. People talking about that
we should not judge, but who condemn every day, and
kill.Gays, lesbians, bi and trans are victims of these f
anatics, of course. On the occasion of the
World Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, I can
only see, say and repeat it. And I can only
support CALEM, this confederation that unites you,
and that strengthens us.
But religions, it must be remembered, are also vict
ims of these fanatics, who tarnish and
debase the divine message and the world of men. Vic
tims of these people who live more in the
dogma more than faith, in the certainty more than p
iety, in the belief more than spirituality.
You who are Muslims, you who are simultaneously hom
osexuals, you call to fight against
homophobia. You call to fight against Islamophobia,
too, that plagues Western societies. You call to
Most religions want a world of love, peace and sere
nity. Yet everywhere there are men who,
under the guise of religion, spread hatred, violenc
e and tumult. Most religions invite for dialogue,
harmony and justice. And yet men, everywhere, in th
e name of God, impose ban, exclusion and
brutality. Most religions invites to meditation, sh
aring and openness. Yet everywhere there are
“religious” who preach in favor of invective, of se
lfishness and rejection.
These men do not speak of God: they speak of a fict
ional character, full of energy, rage and
malice, a kind of superhuman psychopath, they have
created in their image. A character who looks
more like what they would like to be more than what
could be the divinity itself.
It is found in Islam, as elsewhere. People who know
better than Allah what Allah thinks.
People who in the name of respect for their God, insult the men at any time. People talking about that
we should not judge, but who condemn every day, and
kill.Gays, lesbians, bi and trans are victims of these fanatics, of course. On the occasion of the
World Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, I can
only see, say and repeat it. And I can only
support CALEM, this confederation that unites you,
and that strengthens us.
But religions, it must be remembered, are also victims of these fanatics, who tarnish and
debase the divine message and the world of men. Victims of these people who live more in the
dogma more than faith, in the certainty more than piety, in the belief more than spirituality.
You who are Muslims, you who are simultaneously homosexuals, you call to fight against
homophobia. You call to fight against Islamophobia,
too, that plagues Western societies. You call to
wear the colors of hope, courage and dignity. You are called to spread this message of peace, which
is the essence of Islam, which is also the essenceof LGBT activism.
In other words, you are called to become the prophets of that time…